Wingsuits, despite being around for quite some time now, are still considered an engineering marvel as they enable an individual to fly around at high speeds, maneuvering through tight passes and corners as they do.
This even caught the attention of Red Bull, which has a history of investing in adrenaline-filled sports as more and more videos of stuntmen and adrenaline junkies started hitting the internet. The invention became a sport as its popularity grew, and people began to hunt for Youtube views. However, due to the technical limitations of the suit, possibilities were also limited.
Not for the renowned stuntman Peter Salzmann, who teamed up with BMW to modify the suit that made the flight experience even more thrilling. They developed an electric impeller based propulsion system that was compatible with the suit.
The initial plan was to add the system to the back of the suit to produce more thrust. But to minimize the weight and make use of the more beneficial incoming airflow, it was decided to mount the propulsion system in front of the suit, which consisted of two 5 inch impellers operating at 25000 RPM.
The suit features consist of a power switch, air inlets, hand-operated throttle, and a break-off switch to accommodate emergencies. However, to safely fly the suit and maneuver it through the air, the stuntman must be physically strong and be practically one with the suit.
With everything going according to plan, the propulsion system can produce 20hp for five minutes, but it’s sure those five minutes are spectacular. For an unmodified wingsuit, the top speed is limited to 100km/h, and for every horizontal travel of three meters, the horizontal glide ratio of the suit drops by one meter. In the modified wingsuit, however, Salzmann was actually able to gain altitude and reach a top speed of over 300km/h…Read more>>